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Carol Beck (Media Producer): Global Commonalities and Personalities
Carol in the previous sections addressed that sometimes you are in a situation that is less
than ideal and must do what it takes to realize their needs.
Her experience is other parts of the world has shown her that there are people who are
very well informed and look familiar to your own situation:
In Europe, Australia, Japan, and China crew people are well trained and well
informed. It’s amazing because you meet people who look like other people you
work with back home. I work with a production coordinator named Eden. This
woman walks in and has taken the lunch order. She is super-efficient. The executive
producer I work with and I look at each other and say, ‘it’s Japanese Eden.’ They
looked alike, sounded alike and their whole manner was similar. It’s somebody we
really like. The similarities were hilarious.
Mutual coordination for both situations, whether there are people you recognize or those
that are especially challenging, require us to step back and recognize our interdependence
with each other as articulated by The Dalai Lama:
In human societies there will always be differences of views and interests. But the
reality of today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small
planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and
clashes of interests whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.
(Gergen, 2009, p. 167)
Proximity and Relationships Drive Freelance: Location
Matters
There were two prominent voices mentioned in geography. One viewpoint previously
discussed was the idea that mutual coordination, more than location, is integral in the
global production arena. However on a regional and national level, it is proximity to the
client along with talent and relationships that make a difference. For many of the project
participants, the decision to move away from areas of commerce was prompted by family
concerns. The relationship can change if there’s a locative move by either party or
continue depending on all the participants need for immediacy. The Migrant Creative
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